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junior, commander of north american aerospace and norad and general john kelly, u.s. southern command. we also welcome james stavridis. we thank you for your leadership and please pass along our gratitude to the men and women who serve in your commands for their dedication and sacrifices, as well as for the sacrifices of their families whose support is so essential to the success of our military and our nation. since last year's eucom posture, it was likely her last appearance and i am glad that i included the word likely. so now we can thank you. thank you again for your four years as the supreme allied commander, which makes you one of the longest serving commanders in u.s. history. you have been a steady hand during some very turbulent times and we wish you the best in retirement for military service. the witnesses before us represent the united states commitment to defend the homeland to help our neighbors and to come to the collective defense of our close allies in europe. the ability to meet these commitments has been put at risk by the arbitrary budget cuts called sequestration. re
: a couple tweets for you. john writes on twitter: spending is out of control. rein it in. glad bless you mr. nordquist, and amy rites: mr. norquist, by lowering rates and closing loopholes where will the revenue come from in out state is not working in europe. >> guest: if by austerity you mean constantly raising taxes to try to balance the budget, you're quite right. that's what greece and other countries have been trying to do for too long. the two -- when people say austerity they mean either the people should be made poor, because they're living high on the hog and your raise their gasoline prices and raise taxes on them, the value-added tax, the sales tax, or you can mean that the government should work to reduce its own costs, austerity for the government. we haven't been doing austerity for the government here. no european country has seen serious reforms of government spending. the one country i'd point to that has done spending restraints rather than tax increases, is canada. canada has been doing quite well. they took their corporate rate down to 17%. they're creating jobs, havin
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